Upcoming MSI Lucid mobos to start at $125

When we benchmarked it last year, MSI’s original Big Bang Fuzion motherboard left us with mixed feelings. The board and the integrated Lucid Hydra GPU load balancer worked as advertised, but Hydra multi-GPU performance left a little to be desired.

At Computex last week, MSI blamed Lucid for pushing to get a product out despite the immature status of its drivers, and it says much has improved since then. Purportedly, Hydra configs running the latest drivers now outperform native AMD CrossFire multi-GPU setups by 6-8%, and Lucid has added support for DirectX 11 and Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 400-series graphics cards.

Not only that, but MSI is going full steam ahead with Lucid-powered products. The firm plans a trio of surprisingly affordable boards featuring the load balancing chip. Among those will be the $159 P55A Fuzion for Intel processors and the $139 870A Fuzion, pictured below, for AMD CPUs:

MSI told us the 870A Fuzion will have an SB850 south bridge, but shortages will keep supply of SB850 chips tight until the end of the year. Consequently, MSI intends to offer a version of the board with the older SB710 south bridge and an even lower price tag of $125. You should start seeing that product in stores in mid-July.

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    • CasbahBoy
    • 9 years ago

    Oh what the hell. Both of those motherboards have 8pin+6pin connectors. I’m used to EPS12V 24+8+4, but that is new.

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    Will any of these have onboard video too? Me hopes. But, no purchases till Bulldozer launches and its performance and mobo requirements are certain.

    When the heck is Bulldozer going to launch?

      • LoneWolf15
      • 9 years ago

      Why would you want onboard video on a mainboard with a Lucid chip, a chip designed to let you use discrete graphics from competing vendors simultaneously?

        • flip-mode
        • 9 years ago

        I want on-board on all my boards, if possible. Sometimes I go a month or three without gaming when I could be saving on power, heat, noise, and component wear. Then I’ll get a gaming itch. There’s no harm in having the on-board GPU. And its VERY nice down the road when the mobo goes into a secondary box or to a family member.

        • mesyn191
        • 9 years ago

        Its nice to have on board video so that when you retire the mobo from you’re main system you’ve got a nice “upgrade” option available when your friend’s/relative’s “interweb box” breaks.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      2011, by which time any sort of multiple graphics card setup will likely be completely pointless.

      • mesyn191
      • 9 years ago

      1H 2011 is all AMD will say ATM. Hopefully they mean Jan ’11.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 9 years ago

    So basically you can install a 5850 then throw in an old 4850 card for Crossfire(or better) type performance increases?

      • Preyfar
      • 9 years ago

      Basically, yes… but you really want to keep within the same generation of cards. Mixing a DX10 and DX11 would result in games all running in DX9 or DX10 mode since it defaults to a compatibility mode between what both cards can run.

      So a 5850, 5770 or a 5870 would work brilliantly together. Maybe even a GTX 480 and a 5870, though I’d still try to keep to the same chipset manufacturer as well. The Red/Green combo performance was somewhat mixed.

    • Prodeous
    • 9 years ago

    I would really like to see a AMD mATX board with Lucid Hydra. But I guess it will take time before one like that comes out.

    And finally, one of the first boards that I do not see a Floopy and IDE ports on 🙂 About Time 🙂

      • BooTs
      • 9 years ago

      But does it have PS/2?

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 9 years ago

    why don’t they make a mobo like this with 6 PCI E ports so it is actually usefull.

      • Prodeous
      • 9 years ago

      They might have used a cheaper version of the Lucid Hydra chip with only 16 ( 2x 8) configuration. There are a few versions of the chip.

      So we should expect something more expensive. And as this is for the ones who can’t afford the $300+ Motherboards.

      I’m very happy about this board.

      • d0g_p00p
      • 9 years ago

      They do, but it’s significantly more expensive. The is the mainstream offering.

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Only $14 differences?.. It’d make sense if the cheaper ones also have USB3 n Sata3, but having to use NEC chip or something.. Hmm, any words on support for Bulldozer?

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